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Terrie Taylor gave the Charles Franklin Craig Lecture at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting on Nov. 3.

Terrie's talk, Eliminating Malaria Deaths, is the result of years of research in the battle against malaria. More than 1,300 children die every day from malaria, which is equivalent to a child dying every minute. As the world works toward eradicating the disease, Terrie has a plan to eradicate malaria deaths.

FROM TERRIE'S BLOG: Walira mvula, walira matope (“He who asked for rain also asked for mud”)

Too much of a good thing

The usual seasonal rains in Malawi have been amplified by tropical cyclones (Bansi and 93S) in the Indian Ocean – and they are, by the way, fantastic examples of the Coriolis Effect. Both are rotating in a clockwise direction – in contrast to cyclones in the northern hemisphere, which rotate in a counter- (or “anti-“, as the Brits here in Malawi say) clockwise direction.

In any case, the results have been catastrophic – add strong winds and more rain to an already rain-soaked country and houses in which the bricks are held together by mud (rather than cement) disintegrate. Read more >>

Malaria is an ancient disease, but it is still beating us and killing hundreds of thousands of people each year, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa. It is very tricky — it is the ‘Voldemort’ of parasites.
— Terrie Taylor